Chris McElhinney

Trustee, Friends Of The Royal Hospital Donnybrook

Chris joined the board of Friends of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook through Boardmatch’s services. 

“The diversity on a voluntary board can enhance the opportunities for collaboration both with fellow board members and the organisations management team. Different voices and perspectives are really important in contributing to good debate, the exchange of ideas, problem solving and conflict resolution.”

Taking on a voluntary trusteeship gives you the opportunity to contribute your time and expertise to a worthwhile cause, which is very rewarding. For me however, the real value has been the opportunity for learning and growth and knowing that your own contribution is helping the organisation learn and grow as well.  When you’re working in a good environment as a trustee it’s a great opportunity for a mutually beneficial relationship!

The exposure to different organisations that face their own unique challenges is really interesting and informative, particularly if, like me, the sector is new to you.

The diversity on a voluntary board can enhance the opportunities for collaboration both with fellow board members and the organisations management team. Different voices and perspectives are really important in contributing to good debate, the exchange of ideas, problem solving and conflict resolution.

I would certainly recommend joining a voluntary board. My experience has been very positive and continues to both interest and engage whilst allowing me to offer my skills, services and experience to an organisation that really values and appreciates that contribution.